Movies are the natural prey of the predator known as slots developers and there must have been more games released on the back of iconic cinematic releases than anything else in history. Sometimes, you end up with the licence for some of the more obscure screen gems, that are mainly lesser known because they are so old, and that would seem to be the case here on Silent Movie. Rather than being based on just one film, this game draws on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – which we have heard of – together with A Muddy Romance, A Trip to the Moon and Keystone Kops. The last one rings a bell too, although we cannot say that we have ever actually seen it. Nevertheless, we will be finding out over the course of the full review below just how it all adds up in terms of the finished article, so let’s get to it and see what lies in store.
What to Expect
All of the movies mentioned are simply so old that they were all released in black and white, and that has been carried over onto the reels with everything being a similar shade of grey apart from the bonus icons. Some players might appreciate the authenticity of this little addition, but for us it makes it feel a little bland, and we prefer to see our mobile hardware being pushed a little harder. To be fair, the symbols themselves all look pretty decent, but this is a game that can be difficult to keep track of it you are used to micro managing the action.
Thirty lines and the Silent Movie logo as a wild symbol make up the bulk of the excitement in the base game, with not a whole lot else to watch out for until the scatter symbols land. This is a bit different to the norm at least, with the first job being to land two of the movie ticket bonus symbols on reels one, two or three, and then one of the special, movie themed bonus symbols on reels four. Each movie has its own twist to the round, although the first job with each of them is to take your pick of the various ticket booths in order to determine how many spins you will be able to play through. We have to admit that the differences between the rounds are not massive, and there will generally be some kind of multiplier or extra symbols involved, but if you are used to free spins in general, you will have no trouble at all with what is in store here.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Silent Movie clearly stemmed from a pretty good idea somewhere in the IGT offices, but we have to admit – and this is a rarity where the game maker is involved – that the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The black and white theme makes sense, but doesn’t actually feel all that good when you are playing the game, and the free spins bonuses are a bit repetitive, even when there are four of them. Some of the bonuses are clearly better than others too and while that would be fine if you could choose, the fact that everything is random means that there is simply nothing truly outstanding about this game and it is very hard to recommend it in general.